John Fay had a very interesting conversation with Walt Jocketty; here’s the relevant portion:
Asked if Stubbs is the center fielder for 2010, Jocketty said:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think based on what weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen,Ã¢â‚¬Â Jocketty said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“we have to give him that opportunity. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see how he finishes up this year and what happens over the winter. But heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s given us a strong indication that he might be able to do that. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had a long test.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the case, Willy Taveras becomes a very expensive ($4 million) extra outfielder.
This shouldn’t be as difficult as it is going to be, I can tell you that.